MDOT pausing some roadwork projects and lifting traffic restrictions in Michigan for Memorial Day weekend

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(WWJ) There's good news for Michiganders hitting the road this holiday weekend.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will move aside the orange barrels and remove lane restrictions on 81 of the 146 road and bridge projects this Memorial Day weekend.

“On Memorial Day, we honor those who gave their lives to protect our nation and come together with family and friends for a long weekend,” said Whitmer.

“To ensure Michiganders can get where they need to go safely and on time, we are suspending work and lifting traffic restrictions this weekend...."

Starting Friday, May 26 through the morning of Tuesday, May 30, travelers will see suspended operations in most MDOT work zones. However, motorists are being told that equipment and certain traffic configurations may remain in place, like shifts in traffic and shoulder closures.

"Don't forget there is still a record amount of road and bridge work happening out there thanks to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program, which means you'll probably be driving through a few of these work zones," said Acting State Transportation Director Brad Wieferich.

"We remind all drivers to slow down, stay alert and avoid distractions. You depend on us to fix the roads; road workers are depending on you with their lives..."

Detailed information on the projects that will continue or have lane restrictions over Memorial Day weekend can be found on MDOT's website. Detours will also be posted at the locations, where necessary.

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